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PDF Gala Celebrates Philanthropy and Science

The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF), a leading national presence in Parkinsonís disease research, education and public advocacy, is honoring two outstanding figures in the Parkinsonís community tonight at its annual gala, Bal du Printemps. The honorees Ė Page Morton Black, Chairman of the PDF Board of Directors and Dr. Lucien CŰtť, beloved Parkinsonís physician Ė demonstrate the eveningís true essence of combining philanthropic giving with science. PDF is also joined by Judith Sulzberger, M.D., author and this yearís Dinner Chair.

Mrs. Black will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her tireless efforts for more than 40 years to build support for PDF research programs to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinsonís. Mrs. Blackís late husband and creator of the Chock Full oí Nuts Corporation, Mr. William Black, founded PDF in 1957. Among her vast contributions have been her leadership in conceptualizing PDFís annual fundraising gala and her success in involving the committed and generous philanthropic leaders of the community who ensure its success. In show business, Mrs. Black helped make the Chock Full oíNuts coffee jingle one of the most famous in the country. She has also recorded several albums and appeared in top cafťs in New York City.

Lucien J. CŰtť, M.D., Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, will be presented with the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award. Dr. CŰtť has served the Columbia University community as both a researcher and clinician since 1958. He is one of the most respected and beloved Parkinsonís doctors in the world. Among his many accomplishments are the publication of more than 200 journal articles and countless presentations before lay and professional audiences.

The Gala Dinner chair, author and physician Judith Sulzberger, received her medical degree from The Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. She serves on The Health Science Advisory Council and the Board of Visitors of Columbia P&S. She has been instrumental in the inception of The Columbia Genome Center, which bears her name. She has recently published a novel entitled, "Younger" which is based on genetics and aging. For several years she wrote a medical column for The East Hampton Star.

About Parkinsonís disease

Parkinsonís disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the U.S. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinsonís disease. About the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinsonís disease research, patient education, and advocacy for increased federal funding. PDF works for the Parkinsonís community by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinsonís, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded more than $50 million worth of scientific research, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world. For more information, visit

About the Bal du Printemps

Bal du Printemps is PDFís annual black tie gala event, held at New York Cityís Pierre Hotel. More than 400 guests joined together to help raise over $700,000 to support PDF programs and research grants, as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work in the fight against Parkinsonís. This yearís Gala Chairs were Margo Catsimatidis, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D. and Isobel Robins Konecky; Corporate Chairs were John K. Castle, John A. Catsimatidis and Sy Syms.

Source Date: May 19 2005